The lore of the Goliath tribe from which Penny originates.
The Araqawi-ahra tribe is a matriarchy of Goliaths located just south of the Purple Sands in the midst of the unforgiving desert. Originally part of the Goliath tribes hailing from the mountains, a group of women among them broke off many years ago and made their way to the lowlands, where they were determined to eke out a better existence for themselves than that lived by their elders.
It is said that their journey caught the attention of Isis as they wandered through the desert looking for a new home. She watched them stumble through the sands for days, tired but full of determination, until the weakest of them fell to her knees, unable to continue. Isis looked on as the strongest mother among them went and lifted her comrade, placing her on her back though her knees shook and trembled. When the second weakest fell, the second strongest lifted her onto her back, though her brow glistened with sweat. And so, this continued, until half their number were carried on the backs of those that could lift them, all growing weary but never giving in. Isis saw that they did not waver in their determination, nor did they sacrifice their loyalty to continue, and she was impressed with this. She came to them, in the very center of the desert, where the tribe now lies, and told them secrets of the sands that no others knew at the time. She taught them magic to find water where there should be none, granted children to those that chose it, and restored their strength to that of their journey’s start to give them a fighting chance.
With the blessing of Isis, they located water deep underground and dug wells and canals to access it. The mothers who had chosen to carry their god’s children bore strong daughters and sons, who bore generations after that (though there were always more of the daughters, and only exactly enough sons as there should be, never more). Because of their strength and wisdom, they thrived in the center of the desert and became a trading hub of some renown. They named their city Araqawi-ahra, which in their tongue translates to “strongest women”. In the center of the town they grow a large vine with purple flowers, gifting it the best of their water and the gentlest of their labor. They call this the Isis-kari, or the “Vine of Isis”, and it is their way of honoring the god that gave them their second chance.
Once a year they have a festival to celebrate the moonlight blooming of the Isis-kari. This festival is called Iizharmasa, or “Blooming Eve”, and a fair is held that spans the entire tribe where food and drink is shared readily, and it often ends in romantic couplings of varying combinations.
Goliaths from this tribe are built similarly to other Goliaths, however rather than Mountain Born they are Desert Born. This makes them acclimated to dry, arid climates.
Concept and writing by Zom